New Camera Installation is “In Progress”

Which means that they will be up and running sporadically over the weekend, but definitely by end of day on Monday. None of them are mounted in the new nest tree yet, and camera mounts need to be set up. They may be up and down over the next couple of days, and that means that the following three camera streams may or may not be running from late on Saturday.
Cam 1:

Cam 2:

Cam 3:

Change is in the Air – Literally!

Our wonderful nest and nest tree have given us outstanding experiences with eagles, owls, ospreys, red-tailed hawks, herons of all stripes, wood storks, eastern bluebirds, etc. etc. etc. providing a glimpse into their world.

But the nest tree has been dead for some time and has shed all it’s branches. A few years ago we added a strut framework to hold the arrival camera and to provide a perch for Dad as he brought fish to Mom and the chicks.

The tree has become a hazard and has to be removed, along with the nest. For the last four days, we’ve been in the process of building an artificial catchment in the adjacent tree where we will then weave a new eagle’s nest from sticks, spanish moss, dried pine straw and other natural elements. The structure was necessitated by the lack of any two branches near the same height in that tree, and we hope to do a good enough job that all manner of bird will consider nesting there. There’s still a lot of work to do so we’ve got to get back to it. The 86′ telescoping boom lift goes back Tuesday morning at 8:00 sharp, so everything’s got to be wired, tested, fine tuned and wrapped up by then.

 

 

New Camera View Choices

Our streaming provider, HDOnTap in Del Mar, CA has updated their streaming services. We now have a single pane with YouTube DVR capability (you can look back up to 4 hrs by clicking on the timeline). Additionally, you can choose between any of our three cameras. Here’s how it works:

Along the bottom of the video window are controls for the YouTube channel. As you move your mouse along the bottom of the window, you will see a white box with horizontal arrows that will pop up next to the words YouTube. Click on that box and a menu of three camera views will pop up. The one you’re currently viewing is bordered in red. Click either of the other two views and your view will switch to that camera. Note that one of our cameras is sometimes a bit flaky, so you may find that you need to switch views.

 

 

The History of The Landings Bird Cam

The following post is from Beth Roth here at The Landings. The history of this tree, the birds that have inhabited it, and the future of the project!

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Again the Ospreys are adding to the nest that was occupied by eagles years ago.  The cameras were installed in the summer of 2014, and a lone eagle checked out the nest several times, but no mate showed up and it finally moved on – later that year Great horned Owls took over the nest and raised 2 owlets in each of two consecutive years, 2015 and 2016.

The next year Eagles and Owls checked out the nest multiple times, but didn’t decide to nest. But each year after the Great-horned Owls finished nesting and left…Ospreys brought in a lot of nesting materials…and they went through nesting motions… but nothing happened until 2017 when there were probably 3 or 4 Ospreys fighting over the nest.
One Osprey pair took up residence and she laid 3 eggs. One hatched but within a few days the chick was stepped on during a fight with an intruder and didn’t make it. The Ospreys hung around for a while, but then left the nest site.
And again this year, Eagles and Owls have visited, but not nested. But again the Osprey have arrived and there is a lot of activity at the the nest site…so we should have some entertainment for this spring!

The Ospreys are busy decorating again, and courting…. so stay tuned.This is a better nest site for Ospreys than Owls (which usually like more cover and need more of a tree for their Owlets to branch out on the they’re getting ready to fledge)

Unfortunately this was a dying tree for many years and lost a lot of branches during our many storms…along with some of the camera equipment

After Hurricane Matthew, some structure was added to help perching and to support the spy equipment through the past few years….

So now you can tune in and start worrying how this Osprey nesting season will go.
I have a good feeling that his will be a successful year for our Ospreys…since they’ve had so much practice

Good Birding
Beth

We’re on “Hatch Watch” but meanwhile – you Will Not Believe this GHO rescue!

We’re very fortunate to have the support of the The Landings Club here on Skidaway Island. The nest tree is on one of the golf courses and the club provides us access to it and has provided assistance to Skidaway Audubon with just about every step of the process over the last four years. In particular, Chris Steigelman, Director of Golf Maintenance South and Phil Soukup, his deputy have provided assistance and advice to us every time we’ve asked, From teaching us how to operate a 105′ lift to providing assistance in maintenance of equipment, they’ve been there for us, and for the owls and ospreys.

So it didn’t surprise me to hear that another superintendent, at another golf course went above and beyond the call of duty recently to rescue a Great Horned Owl. Craig Loving, Golf Course Superintendent of Lost Creek Country Club in Austin, Texas rescued this Great Horned Owl after one of the club’s employees noticed that it was snagged by fishing line caught in a tree. You will not believe this video! The bird clacked it’s beak repeatedly but otherwise cooperated fully with Craig as he worked to free his wing. This is one lucky bird, and one nice guy – brave, too!

 

 

Egg1 is In The Nest – Let’s get this party started!

Welcome back to the 2017 Landings Bird Cam – this year featuring a pair of Ospreys. The first egg was laid on Monday March 27 at around 7:00 am. An interesting fact about Ospreys is that both the male and female have a brood patch and both share duties of incubating the eggs.

These birds are magnificent fishermen, able to catch and carry fish weighing as much as two and a half pounds – about 1.1 kg!

Here’s a shot of him (left) bringing a striped bass (we call them stripers) to her. Because their talons are such great fish hooks, it’s actually difficult to let go of the fish! She’s tugging at the fish and finally he’s able to get his talon loose.


Once she’s taken the handoff, she gets a good grip and then heads over to a nearby branch to eat her afternoon snack in peace. Meanwhile, he checks out the egg and settles down over it to keep it warm until she’s had her meal.

 

 

 

 

 

Someone mentioned that when she was brooding, her wingtips looked a bit like the “tail fins” on cars back in the 1950’s. Here’s the 1957 Chrysler that I think they might have been comparing her to!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We would like to give a big shoutout to Ms Patterson’s kindergarten class at James Island Elementary School in Charleston, SC. That’s just up the coast from Savannah and we’re glad to have them following this brand new species of bird. It will be interesting to see the differences and similarities of the Owls and the Ospreys as they care for the eggs and chicks. Stay tuned!

And finally, here’s a webpage with a good fact sheet on ospreys